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Gay Paramedic Burned Alive After 'Homophobic Attack' in Latvia

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday May 3, 2021

Normunds Kindzulis
Normunds Kindzulis  (Source:Instagram)

A gay paramedic is dead and believed to have been the victim of a horrific attack in Tukums, Latvia.

As reported by the Mirror, Normunds Kindzulis, 29, was "doused in flammable fuel and set ablaze in the suspected arson at his home."

Kindzulis was rushed to the hospital and died after suffering burns to 85 percent of his body.

"Another gay man was rushed to the hospital also burned in the blaze as he rushed to Normunds' aid, campaigners urging the police to treat the incident as a homophobic hate crime claimed," according to the Star Online.

The European Pride Organisers Association confirmed Kindzulis' death on Twitter. In a response to the incident, Latvia president Egils Levits tweeted "there is no place for hate in Latvia."

An investigation has now been opened into Kindzulis death, with local authorities saying they have not ruled out the possibility of a suicide.

However, Kindzulis is said to have been the victim of multiple attacks and threats in the town of Riga before he moved to Tukums to get away.

A burn second victim, who suffered injuries trying to help Kindzulis, told the Tukums Independent News that there was no initial response from local police after Kindzulis filed earlier harassment complaints.

"We reported these threats to both the police and the neighbour's workplace, but there was no reaction," he said. "We had to wait for someone to be mutilated or killed."

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